Dear Fellow Bee’ers,
I joined this fantastic forum a few months back and have been thrilled with the help I have received whenever I post a question. Just a brief history. I inherited some hives from my next door neighbour about 6 months ago and nursed them through our winter as they were in a bad way. Some of the hives we had to destroy as they had foul brood and I have lived in fear that mine may have been similarly infected.
With the arrival of Spring the hives seemed to bounce back and I left them alone to recover from their near death experience. With spring now in full bloom I took apart the hives and although they looked incredibly healthy with lots of bees and lots of brood, I think I have identified foul brood all through the brood. More than three quarters of the cells I poked a stick into came out all brown and goopy and I have taken some photos of the cell contents to post of this site for comments.
I suspect that it is foul brood and I shall have to destroy the hives but I would welcome any suggestions as to other things it could be and any information on what to do. If it is foulbrood I would like to address it sooner than later as I don’t want to jeopardise any one else’s colonies.
I look forward to the usual brilliant replies, even if they are condemning!